Transparency in data collection is important. When parents set up there Next Four Plan account (“Account”) we ask for certain information used to determine likelihood for financial aid among other personalized report details such as “TuitionScore”. Information collected is related to family makeup, students educational profile and preferences, family financial profile, and contact information. In addition, As part of the standard operation of the Site, we may also collect non-personal information from you related to your use of the Site. We collect this information so that we can better operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Site. For example, we automatically collect certain types of usage information when you visit our Site. When you visit the Site, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets Next Four Plan help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Site (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on the Site), and allow us to track your usage of the Site over time. We may collect log file information from your browser or mobile device each time you access the Site. Log file information may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, information about your mobile device, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Site, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information. We may also collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Site. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit, your use of third party applications, and other information that assists us in analyzing and improving the Site.
Use of Information: We use the information we collect directly from you to provide the services offered on our Site and to communicate directly with you. From time to time, we may send you emails containing newsletters or other relevant and timely information . If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to unsubscribe. We also use your information to send you Site-related emails (e.g., account verification, changes/updates to features of the Site, technical and security notices).
We will only share information we receive about you with other individuals or organizations for the purpose of delivering college planning/funding services that may help you save money. We do not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties. If you received access to this report as a free gift from a “sponsor”, your sponsor will have access to information provided and may reach out to you with marketing messages or offers of their own. Sponsors are prohibited from renting or selling your information to other third parties.
We take strong measures to keep your data safe and secure. Your information collected through the Site may be stored and processed in any country in which Next Four Plan or service providers maintain facilities (which may be outside the United States). Next Four Plan maintains strict administrative, technical and physical procedures to protect information stored in our servers. Access to information is limited (through user/password credentials and software systems) to those employees who require it to perform their job functions. We use industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to safeguard your information while signing up for and using your Account. Other security safeguards include but are not limited to malware scanning, firewalls, protection against brute force attacks, and physical access controls to building and files. Please be aware, however, that internet data transmission is not always secure and we cannot and do not guarantee that information you transmit utilizing the Site is secure.
You may update your Account profile at any time by logging onto our Site with your Account credentials.
Following termination or deactivation of your Account, NextFourPlan may retain your profile information and content as necessary for backup, archival, or audit purposes, as well as to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. If you would like your data removed immediately after Account termination please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, however, that a copy your confidential information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time, or as an electronic “footprint” on an ongoing basis, but in either situation will not be generally available to us.
NextFourPlan does not specifically target families with children under the age of 13, or any children directly. If you are under the age of 13, do not use the Site.
We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites, applications or services linked to or from our Site. Once you leave the Site and visit other websites please remember to check the privacy policies of said other sites, applications or before sharing your personal information.
last updated October 13 2016